Simo Saarinen

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Simo Saarinen
Born (1963-02-14) February 14, 1963 (age 54)
Helsinki, FIN
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 178 lb (81 kg; 12 st 10 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for HIFK
New York Rangers
National team  Finland
NHL Draft 193rd overall, 1982
New York Rangers
Playing career 1980–1996

Simo Olavi Saarinen (born February 14, 1963 in Helsinki, Finland) is a retired professional ice hockey defenceman

Playing career[edit]

Simo Saarinen started his career in his hometown team Helsingin IFK. Saarinen played once in the European Junior Ice Hockey Championships and twice in the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and was soon noticed by NHL scouts. Saarinen was drafted by New York Rangers in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft. After 1984 Olympic Ice Hockey tournament Saarinen went to NHL. Saarinen was injured during his debut season for New York Rangers. Due to the injuries Saarinen did not play in the 1985–86 season and returned to HIFK for 1986–87 season. Saarinen played for HIFK until 1996 when he finally retired from active playing.

After retirement[edit]

After retiring in 1996 Saarinen started to referee ice hockey games in Finland. Saarinen refereed his first SM-liiga games in the 2001–2002 SM-Liiga season. Currently Saarinen referees hockey games in Helsinki and Southern Finland area.

International play[edit]

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary Ice hockey

For Finland Saarinen played twice in Ice Hockey World Championships and three times in Olympic Hockey Tournament. Saarinen was part of the historic Ice Hockey at the 1988 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey Team which won Finland's first international tournament medal, a silver one.

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